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Lander Diversity Advisory Council: Hispanic Heritage Month

This resource guide is sponsored by the Lander University Diversity Advisory Council.

Hispanic Heritage Month
September 15 - October 15

Library Services and the Diversity Advisory Council are honoring Latinx and Hispanic Americans this month.
Explore these library resources to learn more about their incredible cultures, histories, and contributions.

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From the archives: Cuban students at Lander

4 female students

In 1945, Susie Salinas and Gilda Marin—both of Havana, Cuba—approached a recruiter for American colleges about going to school in the United States. The recruiter recommended Lander, and they became our first Cuban students. In the following years, nineteen students from Cuba attended Lander. The peak year for concurrent enrollment was 1950, when twelve Cubans were part of the student body. In 1951, there were eleven. In 1952, Cuban enrollment dropped to zero. That same year, the Batista coup and the first political organizing by Fidel Castro changed conditions in Cuba, a possible explanation for the sudden end to Cuban student enrollment at Lander.
During their time at Lander, the Cuban students were warmly embraced by the Lander and Greenwood communities. On campus, they were active participants in clubs, sports, and various extracurricular activities. In the community, they were invited to speak at Rotary, the Lions Club and a local school. Greenwood families invited them to stay in their homes during holidays when travel back to Cuba was impractical, and they are mentioned in over fifty local news pieces, always in a complimentary manner.
Pictured in the 1949 photo above are (left to right): Elsa Vasquez, Raquel Canosa (voted Miss Lander, 1948), Juanita Cerda (voted Sophomore Class Beauty, 1950), and Lydia Canosa.


Sabrina & Corina: Stories

Circulation PS3606.A396 A6 2019

Escalante: The Best Teacher in America

Circulation LD7501.L73 M37 1989

Hispanic Americans in Congress, 1822-2012

US Document E184.S75 H5657 2012

Sounds of Belonging

Circulation PN1991.3.U6 C365 2014

And a Voice to Sing With: A Memoir

Circulation ML420.B114 A2 1988

Chicana/o and Latina/o Fiction

Circulation PS153.H56 I75 2016
Also available online

Spanish as a Heritage Language in the United States

Circulation PC4068.U5 S63 2012
Also available online

Latinos, Inc.

Circulation HF5415.33.U6 D38 2012
Also available online

The Taco Truck

Available online

25 Latino Craft Projects

Available online

Brown Church

Available online

Song of the Simple Truth

Circulation PQ7439.B9 A17 1997

Cesar Chavez and the Common Sense of Nonviolence

Circulation HD6509.C48 O76 2008

Barrios and Borderlands

Circulation PS508.H57 B37 1994

Film Resources

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El Norte

Enrique and Rosa, brother and sister Mayan Indian peasants, are forced to flee persecution from the Guatemalan army and make their way to Los Angeles in this British-American independent drama film.

Chicano! History of the Mexican-American Civil Rights Movement

This four part landmark documentary series chronicles the struggle for equality and social justice of the Mexican American community in the United States from 1965 to 1975.

The Latino Americans

This is the first major documentary series for television to chronicle the rich and varied history and experiences of Latinos, who have for the past 500-plus years helped shape what is today the United States.

DVD case cover

Under the Same Moon

After his grandmother dies, a young Mexican boy illegally travels to the United States to find his mother in this Mexican-American drama film.

TEDTalks: Dolores Huerta—How to Overcome Apathy and Find Your Power

Sí, se puede! -- "Yes, we can!" It's the rallying cry Dolores Huerta came up with as a young activist in the 1970s, and she's lived by it in her tireless pursuit of civil rights ever since.

Children's Literature

Portraits of Hispanic American Heroes

Children's Room PZ 20 E 184 .S75 H486 2014


Children's Room PZ 20 E 184 .M5 M67 2018

Enchanted Air

Children's Room PZ 20 PS 3555 .N4254 Z46 2015

The Beloved World of Sonia Sotomayor

Children's Room PZ 20 KF 8745 .S67 A3 2018


Children's Room PZ7.D7294 A15 1991

Lucky Broken Girl

 Circulation PZ7.1.B447 L83 2017

Spanish- and Portuguese-Language Databases